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Backwards Wheel Helm... duh... what?
In my discovery of the many traditional type sailing boats out there I sometimes come across boats with a wheel helm facing aft in the cockpit. Is there a name for this arrangement and are there any bona fide Sailnet opinions about it's usefulness.
Obviously, it gives more space in the cockpit, just as obviously it requires all steering be done from one side or the other, or with front view mirrors.
Counter to many out there, I prefer a wheel to a tiller, I think I could get used to an aft facing nav station, but this helm configuration seems to me would be handicapped in heavy weather; looks good but might as well have a tiller, I'm thinking.
If I'm wrong I want to know because the traditional aesthetics of the thing is starting to grow on me and I want to nip it in the bud if it's not seaworthy. I see a few beautiful boats set up this way, that otherwise hold my interest.
Do you have to be ambidextrous to helm these boats?
Anyone out there with blue water miles using this reverse wheel helm... whatcha callums?